2014 Speakers

Peter Billington

Peter Billington, Ph.D., MarTec Professor of Operations Management at Colorado State University and Editor, Business Education Innovation Journal

Peter Billington
Since 1980 have taught undergraduate and MBA courses in operations management, quality management, service management. Published articles and 1 book on topics related to these teaching interests.

Michael Kraten

Associate Professor in the Accountancy program, Providence College

Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA is an Associate Professor in the Accountancy program of the School of Business at Providence College. He has also taught in the executive education, graduate, and undergraduate programs of Maastricht University, Suffolk University, the University of Massachusetts, and the University of Connecticut, as well as the continuing professional education programs of IHRDC and the Maryland Association of CPAs.
Previously, Dr. Kraten was a management consulting partner at BDO Seidman (the sixth largest global accounting firm). He also spent eight years in the consulting, accounting, and audit divisions of Deloitte & Touche (the second largest firm).
Dr. Kraten has earned a Ph.D. in behavioral accounting from the University of Connecticut. He has also earned an M.P.P.M. in management from Yale University and a B.B.A. in public accounting from Baruch College of the City University of New York.

Sylvia Maxfield

Sylvia Maxfield, Dean, School of Business, Providence College

Maxfield, who specializes in the global economy, joined the Simmons faculty in 2002. During that time, she chaired the MBA program and served as professor and director of the Principled Leadership Program, building focus on the social and environmental face of business, inside and outside the classroom.

She also was an assistant and associate professor in Yale University’s Department of Political Science and its School of Management from 1988 to 1997, as well as director of Yale’s master’s program in international relations.

In addition to her academic experience, Maxfield has held high-level positions in the world of finance. She served as senior sovereign analyst for Latin America and vice president for Lehman Brothers, where she was responsible for research, publications, and advising the emerging markets fixed-income traders, sales staff, and the firm’s clients on country strategy. She also served as a consultant for organizations such as the World Bank and Mitsubishi International.

Maxfield received a bachelor’s degree in economics and government from Cornell University in 1980 and earned a doctorate in political economy from Harvard University in 1988. She has written and edited several books, including Gatekeepers of Growth: The International Political Economy of Central Banking in Developing Countries (Princeton University Press, 1998).

Her research and case studies have been cited in the Wall Street Journal and Forbes, and she has provided expert commentary on economics and financial institutions on radio and television.

M. Cary Collins

The Michael A. Ruane Endowed Chair in Business Innovation & Director, The BEIC, Providence College

Cary Collins
Serving, Teaching, and Researching at Providence College. Adding/curating educational/teaching innovations and high-value curriculum changes where asked at Providence College School of Business. Continuing a career in financial institutions & markets research — primary area of fairness — as a member of the PCSB School of Business.

Andy Cutler

Founder, Cutler & Company

Andy Cutler
Andy Cutler has over 20 years of experience in the area of strategic communications planning, public relations, and branding. In 2003, he founded Cutler & Company based in Providence, RI. Andy specializes in counseling public and private institutions, colleges and universities and startup entrepreneurial ventures on issues related to corporate image enhancement, media relations, crisis communications, grassroots organizing, student engagement, and social media all aimed at improving key stakeholder relationships.

In 2013, he also launched Smaller Cities Unite!, which is an initiative aimed at creating new networks, connections and collaborations between government, arts, design, entrepreneurial and student communities from cities with populations of 500,000 or less. Smaller Cities Unite! has received coverage in such media outlets as the Copenhagen Post, GOOD, Pittsburgh’s NPR News Station (WESA), Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Providence Journal, Providence Phoenix and Providence Business News.

Since 2008, he has served as the professional advisor to Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design students on A Better World by Design, the premier global conference on socially conscious design. Since 2008, 4,500 students and professionals from six continents have attended this 3-day conference now in its seventh year.

Previously, he had served in a number of senior positions with Edelman, a global public relations firm, Feinstein Kean Healthcare (a division of Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide), Boston’s Faulkner Hospital, and Harvard Community Health Plan.

Andy received his B.A. from George Washington University.

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David Goldberg

President of ThreeJoy Associates and co-founder of the Big Beacon Movement

David Goldberg
David Goldberg, Ph.D., is President of ThreeJoy Associates and co-founder of the Big Beacon Movement. In these roles he focuses on leadership coaching for students, faculty, and administrators in higher education, as well as technology executives and professionals around the world, helping them grow and develop to better align with the creativity imperative of the 21st century. His goal is to “rewire” engineering schools and programs into places that unleash and inspire a new generation of students to become not just technically competent engineers, but also passionate and creative problem solvers.
David Goldberg on the Huffington Post

Joseph Weissgold

Designer and Educator

Joseph Weissgold
Joseph Weissgold is an interdisciplinary designer specializing in designing for education. In his practice, Joseph uses maps, stories, projects, and games as opportunities to reframe existing mental models and lead to insights. He has been using experimental methods to teach for more than a decade both in the classroom and out. Currently, he is finishing his graduate degree at the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In the course of his study he is exploring how teachers might foster creativity through the use of new technologies, alternative class structures and design frameworks.